The "Badware" problem. We've all seen it happen: you or someone you know has downloaded
something from the internet that seemed harmless enough at the time. Next thing you
know, the computer has slowed to a crawl. Pop-up advertising starts to appear out
of nowhere. Private information gets sent to some company you've never heard of.
And the worst part? Trying to uninstall the software might only make the problem
worse. Welcome to the world of Badware. Viruses and worms are no longer the biggest
threat to computer users ? now it's badware. Badware is a term we use to encompass
the broad range of malicious software that is sneaking onto people's computers, including
spyware and deceptive adware. It can subvert your computer for the benefit for a
third party, frustrate you with unwanted advertising, and even steal your most personal
information. This site will, in the future, be offering a list of software to avoid,
as it contains spyware.